During this summer as the battle for real health care reform heats up, I hope to add some perspective on this critical issue. I’ll post a couple to a few times per week with several aims.
One goal will be to discuss different ways of looking at the debate over universal health care legislation. An outcome of this might be some points you can use convincingly around water cooler and dinner table debates because it is vital that we grow our voice on reform. Also you can expect occasional references to websites or articles that oppose universal health care to increase exposure about what we are up against. And perhaps a reference to an item with a farcical twist will also be offered.
Your added comments, replies, and networking would be very welcome to build on the effort outlined above. Citizen participation is a key element in this battle and pulling in others who are silently supportive, sitting on the sidelines, undecided, or skeptical is essential. Again, we need to grow our voice. We have two United States Senators that we must influence. They will hear the message from activists but need to sense that there is a ground swell of new voices that they cannot easily dismiss.
Why am I concerned about health care reform and what are my views on the subject? Health care with true reform that includes universal access and medical outcomes that serve citizen needs effectively is key in my opinion. I do not think you achieve that goal with tinkering around the edges of our present health care mess to appease corporate lobbyists and insurance interests. I believe that a robust and empowered public plan is essential, especially since a preferable single-payer concept just won’t be in the mix. I’ll try to keep a strong focus on these concerns.
In closing there are many reasons for all of us to embrace health care reform. Many of us have our own personal situations that we need addressed. For some it is older parents who need help, for others it may be concern for adult children just starting out on careers, or perhaps it is friends facing overwhelming medical costs burdens. This minute list is a mere starter. I believe there is also an overarching factor to consider: It is morally right.